Ex-Cub(s) Item Of The Day

The bottom three hitters in the Orioles lineup for tonight's game at U.S. Cellular Field were Freddie Bynum, Paul Bako, and Corey Patterson. BB&P went a combined 3-for-13 with four strikeouts. Still, the trio collected a pair of walks and scored three runs between them, and Bynum, who had two of the ex-Cubs' safeties, also smacked a triple. Bynum (4th) and Patterson (16th) stole bases as well. The fact that these three have landed on the O's roster at the same time and in their starting lineup ON THE SAME NIGHT says a lot about the state of the Baltimore American League Ballclub and the job in front of Andy MacPhail. It also says something about the state of the Chicago White Sox, who the Orioles hammered tonight, 9-6.


Andy MacFailure is welcome to all three of them. There is no one less likely to return the Orioles to respectability than MacFailure. His reputation is still living off his "catch lightening in a bottle" days at Minnesota.

Boom Boom!

All that mean is the O's lineup is Hot Garbage. Smells like Cooperville, MI. Poopy.

My "s" key must be cashed out..I meant to say...

That MEANS the O's lineup is H.G., and CooperSville, MI. Stinky stinky town.

You cannot stop Gabor Bako II, you can only hope to contain him.

For those of you who don't think the pressure of a pennant race weighs heavily on young players, you should watch the baseball sports highlights Wednesday so you can see Prince Fielder go postal on a water cooler because he didn't hit a home run. It was crazy. You usually only see that kind of behavior on teams that are doing poorly.


"see Prince Fielder go postal on a water cooler because he didn’t hit a home run"

Someone told him it was a piñata full of Twinkies.

Not even couting Paul Bako, Freddie Bynum, Steve Trachsel, and Scott Williamson, the Orioles hiring Cubs Scouting Director John Stockstill as their Scouting Director probably has had the most to do with so many ex-Cubs prospects gravitating to Baltimore over the past couple of years:

Francis Beltran
Chadd Blasko
Jason Dubois
Jon Leicester
Luis Montanez
Corey Patterson
Brandon Sing
Kenny Steenstra (minor league pitching coach)

For those of you who state that the pitcher calls "99% of his pitches", Lou's quotes would seem to disagree with this:

Re: Z's last start:

"He called a real good game yesterday, he really did,” Piniella said of Bowen. “I took notice. Both of my catchers have done real nice jobs here, handling the pitching staff. And they both understand that’s their primary function.”

7/4 Daily Herald

Lou just ran his best catcher out of town for no apparent reason. I will promise you all right now that Lou won't be saying anything to slam his current catchers, to draw criticism to himself.

I have been a big Michael Barrett defender but when he started fighting with the pitching staff, regressed defensively and mentally, and then was club house advocate against Lou, it was time for him to go.

I'm happy with Lou making players accountable and playing the hot hand, and imo if Dusty was still here you would have an outfield of Floyd in LF, Soriano in CF, JJ in RF and Neifizzy playing SS everyday.

E-Man said: Re: Z’s last start: “He called a real good game yesterday, he really did,” Piniella said of Bowen.

E-Man, Hill has been catching Zambrano ever since the fight. Piniella was referring to the Monday game when Bowen caught Lilly.

At RFK Tuesday night, we watched Billy Petrick carrying a pink bag with a shoulder strap to and from the bullpen.

I was going to ask if anyone knew what that was, but I just found this online:

Since Dempster joined the Cubs, he has initiated a type of hazing for the newest member of the bullpen. That player is required to carry a pink backpack that belongs to Dempster from the dugout to the bullpen prior to the start of each game, in full view of fans and teammates alike.

“They haven't really done anything too bad to me, except I got to carry out the pink bag,” said Petrick, who again carried it on Wednesday. “(Fellow reliever Carlos) Marmol was so happy because it was his since he got called up (on May 18). I know he was thrilled to get rid of it.”

"calling a good game" and "calling a bad game" does exist. Don't believe I ever made the claim that it didn't exist.

You call a good game, we're on the same page. You call a bad game, and you're pissing me off. We're doing a lot of talking on the mound and in the dugout in between innings.

Does that relate to pitcher's success? Eh, I still don't think so. The disagreements don't happen that often. Unless you've got a really crappy catcher who doesn't pay attention. Both guys read the scouting report. Both guys watch the video. Both guys talk in the clubhouse about how the pitcher wants to attack certain guys. That's what Lou's talking about when he says "manage the staff".

Catchers can call a good game, and since the media and most folks think that directly relates to a pitcher's success, one of the press probably asked Lou how he felt about how Bowen called the game: "'He called a real good game yesterday, he really did.”

I have been a big Michael Barrett defender but when he started fighting with the pitching staff,

Lets Z - both "fights" were initiated by the pitchers. One was initiated by a known pyscho (Z) and the other wasn't even a fight (with R. Hill).

believe he meant "when he began to fight", not "when he initiated fights"

I never pitched, other than screwing around, but I have to disagree about the game calling mechanism not having an impact on the pitcher's game. If you're constantly shaking off and arguing over how to work a hitter, at the very minimum, it is going to disrupt your timing.

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  • Phil, when will the Cubs start moving international players from EST to the Dominican for the start of the DSL season?

    diamondjaxx 23 min 48 sec ago view
  • It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.

    K Dub 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?

    K Dub 9 hours 24 min ago view
  • i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.

    but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.

    seriously, i'll take it.

    crunch 11 hours 29 min ago view
  • BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?

    He's been workin' on the D!

    The E-Man 13 hours 25 min ago view
  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 16 hours 9 min ago view
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 16 hours 21 min ago view
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 16 hours 28 min ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 16 hours 33 min ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 16 hours 36 min ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 17 hours 34 min ago view
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 19 hours 49 min ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 19 hours 57 min ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 20 hours 28 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 20 hours 37 min ago view